If you’re the type of person who lets the dirty dishes pile up in the sink (so pretty much all of us), you’ll want to hear about the findings of this new study. Clutter in our kitchens may lead us to eat more. In the study, women waited next to an assortment of healthy and unhealthy snacks in a messy or clean kitchen. Women who waited in the messy one ate more overall, and they were two times more likely to eat cookies than those in the tidy space.
The study was small (98 participants) and included only women, but its findings fall in line with existing research that shows people tend to eat more in stressful environments. A little food for thought before you think about skipping the dishes tonight.